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The europeanisation of euroscepticism?

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Academics studying the EU should be the real eurosceptics. Not only can we translate the greek word skepsis as “enquiry”, modern science owes much to philosophical and methodological scepticism. However, it seems that academics interested in the EU have struggled to come to grips with a the phenomenon of political euroscepticism which appears to be quite a different thing compared the philosophical notions of skepticism.

Day Two at the UACES Student Forum Conference

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Students from across Europe gathered in Loughborough on 8-9 July for the 14th Annual Student Forum conference. In this post Kathryn Simpson, University of Kent, reports on the last session of the conference, a roundtable on ‘Britain and the EU’.

Europe made me do it – Labour market reforms in Europe

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In these times of crisis for EU Member States, labour market reforms in a handful of countries have come to be seen as the final turning point for the so-called ‘Euro-crisis’. This is because labour market reforms are those ‘structural reforms’ that have been regarded as necessary ingredients in the recipe to put Southern Member States’ economies on firmer grounds.

The New Euroscepticism

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UACES member, Simon Usherwood recently presented a UACES Arena seminar at Edelman | The Centre in Brussels to an audience of over 50 representatives from European institutions, think tanks and pressure groups. An article arising from the seminar has since been published by E!Sharp.  

Interview: Ben Rosamond and the importance of IPE in European Studies

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Ben Rosamond (Copenhaguen University) and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (Oxford Brookes University) discuss the current and future importance of non-mainstream IPE approaches in understanding the European Union and its role in the new world order after the Global Financial Crisis.

Leonhard den Hertog discusses Frontex and the rise in immigration after the Arab Spring

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In the first part of this short interview, Leonhard den Hertog, University of Cologne, discusses the difficulties in assessing the accountability of the EU Borders Agency (Frontex). The second part of this interview looks at whether the scale of migration to Italy following the Arab Spring has been overstated.

The search for a coherent strategic diplomacy in EU foreign policy

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What is the most important lesson that the European External Action Service should take from the ‘Arab Spring’ ? In an interview by Cristian Nitoiu from Loughborough University, Professor Michael Smith evaluates the development of the External Actions and the goal of creating a coherent strategic diplomacy within the European Union’s foreign policy.

The Changing Role of Embassies in EU Member States

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What the hell do we need embassies between EU member states for today? You can hear this question from finance ministers and ordinary citizens alike. Clearly, the role of bilateral embassies between EU member states has been affected by European integration and the global technological revolution. Internet resources, secure e-mail and video-conferencing have enabled instant […]

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